A care home worker has admitted her third drink-driving offence after being caught behind the wheel in Aberdeen nearly six times the legal alcohol limit.
Irene Hopkins was stopped by police on Monday while she drove down Victoria Road, Torry, in a white Chevrolet Spark.
The 55-year-old was tested by officers and gave a reading of 130 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath – close to six times the 22mcg limit.
She admitted the offence yesterday and Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard she had two previous drink-driving convictions.
Sheriff Graeme Napier said that her first came after a 95mcg reading, while the second involved a 175mcg reading – eight times the Scottish limit.
He told solicitor Liam McAllister: “I’m surprised your client is still alive.”
Hopkins, of Ordnance Road, Crombie, near Dunfermline, will be sentenced next month and has been disqualified from driving in the interim.
She was one of several drink-drivers who appeared in the court yesterday.
Ralph Watson was pulled into the car park of Morrisons on Blackhall Road, Inverurie, on June 30.
The 45-year-old mechanic, of Strathmore Drive, Aberdeen, was found to be more than five times the limit.
Yesterday he was fined £1,400 and given a 12-month driving ban.
Alan Kemp admitted drink-driving after being caught on Marchburn Drive on July 6.
After drinking “to excess” the night before, the 62-year-old crane operator got behind the wheel to pick a friend up from the pub.
Kemp was also represented by Mr McAllister, who said: “He stayed for one drink – which topped up the alcohol that was already in his system – then went home.”
He was stopped by police and gave a reading of 63mcg.
Yesterday Kemp, of Lintmill Terrace, was banned from driving for 17 months and fined £1,000.